EPA launches first electronic permit application

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Water, in cooperation with the Office of Environmental Information, has developed an electronic, completely paperless, online permit application system.

Dec 4th, 2003


Dec. 4, 2003 -- The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Water, in cooperation with the Office of Environmental Information, has developed an electronic, completely paperless, online permit application system.

The new system is designed for use by construction companies that need coverage under EPA's NPDES stormwater program. This free electronic stormwater application, also known as the Stormwater Notice of Intent or eNOI, was developed by EPA to meet the objectives of the President's eGov Initiative.

G. Tracy Mehan III, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Water, said, "We wanted to use 21st century technology to make the stormwater permit application process easier for businesses to navigate and complete in a timely manner. We think the new eNOI system does just that."

The eNOI system will save construction companies time and money with a simple, fast, and accurate application process. Currently, the eNOI system is available in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Idaho, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, many of the territories, Indian country and other areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. You can learn more about the new system at www.epa.gov/npdes/enoi. Another important feature of the system is that it provides, for the first time ever, public access to stormwater NOIs.

Using the search features at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/noisearch, the public now has real-time access to important information that may affect them. Over the coming months, EPA plans to add additional features to the eNOI system and make it available to the states that operate the NPDES stormwater permitting program under delegated authority. For more information, please contact Nikos Singelis, Office of Wastewater Management, at singelis.nikos@epa.gov.


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